Crystal Palace are facing serious competition to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Chelsea midfielder starred in a loan spell with the Eagles last season, which saw him make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

Palace are keen to bring Loftus-Cheek back to Selhurst Park on a permanent deal.

But The Sun claims Premier League trio Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are also interested in the 22-year-old powerhouse.

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If Loftus-Cheek impresses in Russia next month then Chelsea could demand a fee in the region of £40m.

Despite Palace boss Roy Hodgson’s admiration for Loftus-Cheek, the hefty price tag could end their interest.

It would leave Everton, who are backed by wealthy Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri, as the most realistic destination for Loftus-Cheek.